Law & Order: SVU: Responsible

Friday 3 December, 10:00pm on Five

The crime drama series following the NYPD’s elite sex crimes investigation squad continues. This week, the discovery of a dead stranger in an affluent couple’s flat leads Benson and Stabler to uncover a wild teenage party scene that ends up claiming two more lives. A couple return from holiday to find a dead teenage girl they have never met before in their bed. Melinda discovers that the victim choked on her own vomit after a drinking session. However, the teenager was not alone when she died. “I found traces of her vomit on the comforter,” Melinda informs the team. “Somebody cleaned this girl up.” Benson and Stabler learn that the holidaying couple employed teenager Becca Mills (Sarah Drew, ‘Mad Men’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’) to look after their dog while they were away. Becca, a bookish A-grade student, admits to giving the keys to her friend Reagan so that she could throw a party in the apartment. Assisted by Jordan, a friend of Becca’s who attended the raucous party, the detectives identify the victim as Melanie Tamkin. Melanie was another conscientious student and homecoming queen who travelled from Connecticut for the event, telling her parents she was competing in a maths contest at Harvard. It soon transpires that various guests at the party saw Melanie in trouble after drinking too much, but when her lips started to turn blue, the guests tidied up and fled, ostensibly because they were afraid of getting in trouble. Melanie’s family is devastated by the news that no one helped her. “They murdered my little girl, and I want them held accountable,” her father cries. “Help me,” he begs Stabler. The detective, who was shaken by the dead girl’s startling resemblance to his teenage daughter Kathleen, sets about trying to pin a charge of negligent homicide on the three party organisers. He turns to Kathleen for help, who suggests that he monitors the teenagers’ socialnetworking pages in order to procure evidence.

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